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Peter Nicol

Global Vice President, Water 



Peter is the Jacobs Global Vice President for Water, having joined the firm as a result of its recent acquisition of CH2M – the #1 player in the global water market - where he was Global Director of Water.  In that role, Peter had full profit and loss responsibility for this US$1.4 billion global water business, including leading more than 5,000 water professionals, in 175 offices, in more than 50 countries worldwide. Prior positions include Senior Vice President, Global Business Development & Sales for CH2M’s Water Business; Senior Vice President, International Managing Director for CH2M’s Water Business; and President and Regional Managing Director of CH2M Canada. Peter has spent his entire career with CH2M, joining the company in 1980 after receiving his bachelor of applied science degree in Geological Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences from the University of Toronto.



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Alex Paton

Marketing & Business Development Leader, Asia Pacific 



Alex has close to 30 years’ experience across the Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia in the fields of strategic planning, marketing, communications and brand development.  His passion is in developing innovative market positioning approaches that communicate differentiators and influence buyer behaviour.  Prior to the merger with Jacobs, Alex held global capability marketing roles for the Water & Environment markets, along with Transport Infrastructure with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). 

With a strong passion for a sustainable future, Alex has also been a Director on the Board of Sustainable Business Australia (SBA) since 2011. SBA is the peak body in Australia for the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector, and the Australian network partner with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 



Rosie Wheen

Rosie Wheen

Chief Executive

WaterAid Australia


Rosie has worked at WaterAid Australia since its inception in 2004. She was Director of International Programs prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2016. Rosie has worked in development for 20 years including six years living and working in Indonesia, working at the Australian Council for International Development, and in a range of education and community development projects in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.



Simon Tilleard


Program Manager

Australian Water Partnership


Simon oversees Australian Water Partnerships program of activities focused on linking Australian water expertise to demands from the Indo-Pacific region.  

Simon's experience covers a broad range of water resources-related technical functions including modelling, innovative research, policy development and capacity building. Drawing on this technical expertise, he has been responsible for managing large multi-disciplinary teams to deliver multi-million dollar water resources and climate change related projects for donors including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, USAID and the Mekong River Commission.



 Briony Rogers

Dr. Briony Rogers

Project Leader

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities


Dr Briony Rogers is a specialist in processes and tools to drive practice change across communities, organisations, institutions and sectors that enable system-wide transitions towards future cities that thrive. Her empirical focus is urban water, working with cities across Australia and internationally, including research and consulting roles in Indonesia, New Zealand, Sweden and Vietnam. 

Briony is a Senior Lecturer with Monash University’s School of Social Sciences and leads social and transdisciplinary research on water sensitive city transitions with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and the Australia-Indonesia Centre. Her interdisciplinary background, including a PhD in Environmental Social Science, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science, equips her with system-wide insights to bring a social lens to infrastructural and sustainability challenges.

In 2014 Briony was selected by the International Social Science Council as one of twenty World Social Science Fellows in the area of sustainable urbanisation and she now co-chairs the International Working Group on Water Sensitive Urban Design.



Richard Petterson


Executive Leader Operations & Service Delivery Australian Water Partnership

Queensland Urban Utilities


Richard is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of QUU's operations and services delivery which includes the major projects and capital program, network operations, infrastructure maintenance and reliability and treatment business.

Richard has significant experience in engineering and the water industry. His career has included senior roles in both the private and public sectors across a broad range of industry functions. Prior to his appointment at QUU, Richard has worked with TRILITY Pty Ltd where he was the national Operations Director, and earlier held a senior management position at Sydney Water Corporation.


Cail Rayment


A/Manager, Demand Management, Regions and Remote,

Power and Water Corporation


Cail undertakes demand management with water-stressed communities in the NT. Graduating from Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industries faculty in 2009 majoring in Media and Communication, Cail worked with Savewater Alliance in Melbourne for two years before taking up a dream job in PWC’s Regions and Remote unit in 2012.Cail was awarded the Young Water Professional of the Year at last years’ Ozwater’17 National Awards.


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